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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-11-15 - 2024-11-14

Through a series of online and in-person workshops and co-produced public facing activities and outputs this project will strengthen and extend the existing international Network of European Landscape Architecture Archives (NELA). The extended network will bring together academic institutions, archives and professional bodies for the first time. It will establish a new, innovative, international and multidisciplinary collaboration, raising awareness of archival materials and archives with significant holdings of materials related to landscape architecture. Landscape architecture archives preserve the profession’s legacy, and this project will demonstrate how archiving and archive research contributes to a thorough understanding of the historical development of the built environment professions, and how archive documents can contribute to a better understanding of key contemporary issues relating to landscape and public space, such as the climate and biodiversity crises, rapid urbanization, migration, and spatial justice. The network will use the history and legacy of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) as a case study project to assess the opportunities international networks hold in historic research and to communicate historic research to different audiences. Established in Cambridge in 1948, IFLA today represents 77 national associations and its mission to create ‘globally sustainable and balanced living environments for the benefit of humanity worldwide’, could not be more relevant. Its approaching 75th anniversary makes it timely to assess its contribution throughout the decades. By building and contributing to a collective memory, the network will support landscape research and education, deepen the understanding of problems regarding current spatial interventions and increase insight into heritage issues, to both professionals and, indirectly, the general public, to be able to answer to the specific perspectives on and interests in managing current and future landscapes.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-06-01 - 2023-03-31

The beginnings of the garden of Villa Armbrustergasse 15, 1190 Vienna date back to the early 19th century. A significant reshaping of the garden took place in the early 20th century and after 1945. The historical development of the garden is researched, analyzed and placed in a temporal and professional context. The following research questions are in the foreground: which garden historical layers of time can be proven on the basis of historical sources? How does the current collection correspond with previous layers of time and can relics of former design phases still be found today? How is the history of the garden to be assessed in the context of the garden cultural development of the 19th and 20th centuries? At the Institute of Landscape Architecture, the examination of historical questions is part of the research field "History of Landscape Architecture". In recent years, the institute has developed extensive expertise in gardens of the 19th and 20th centuries. The garden history of Villa Armbrustergasse 15 is a special example of the transformation of a historicist garden and its research of particular scientific interest. Based on the findings, a book chapter is written. Results will be presented at scientific conferences.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-07-01 - 2026-06-30

Wider arts-based research context Painters have played a significant part in generating an awareness of the scenic beauty of the Austrian region Wachau at the end of the nineteenth century. Since then, there has been a continuous artistic engagement to contemporary artistic works. The region transformed into a touristic hotspot finally listed in 2000 as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The transformation of landscape involved a constant expansion of transport routes. New forms of mobility and velocity also changed the way the landscape is perceived–from a slow movement to a panoramic perception–which influences not only the artist perspective. Objectives Wachau Routes examines the region on a topic that has received little attention so far: the routes through the cultural landscape and the way these routes are seen from different perspectives. The project aims the following question: What does a contemporary image of the Wachau look like that builds on the users' perception with arts-based scientific methods and corresponds to the contemporary understanding of landscape? Methods A variety of current and past perspectives—views of the routes themselves and the vistas enjoyed by people using them—are analysed, produced, performatively brought out, communicated, and critically reflected on using methods from visual arts and landscape architecture. The methods can be summarized in three types of image usage: image interpretation (image-based analyses, historical narratives), image production (phantom rides, drawings, photographs), and communication (in-depth interviews, site-specific activities and engagement with people). Level of originality The routes through the Wachau have rarely been depicted in artistic works. The research project puts the traffic routes in the spotlight and explores them through the lenses of visual arts and landscape architecture. The interdisciplinary cooperation makes it possible for methodological boundaries to be transcended, new perspectives absorbed, and skills and tools acquired and developed.

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